The classic concept of a "mentor" is someone who's older and more experienced. That idea of a wise, generous senior advisor leading us along a career path is wonderful and soothing, and makes us all want mentoring. But the image is so limited, and so dated. Here's what can make mentoring really hum: fostering relationships that are reciprocal.
I was thinking about the nature of mentoring during a recent long weekend, as I dropped in and out of a three-day conversation between my husband and one of his much younger professional pals.